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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 18, 2009 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH (1973) - Did Dick pick the wrong Curtis Hixon show?

Remember how blown away you were when Dick's Picks #1 was released? That gorgeous Here Comes Sunshine and exquisite Weather Report Suite Prelude mesmerized, the sound quality was phenomenal, and the simplistic and functional artwork promised future editions of more amazing shows to come! I wore my copy out after playing it repeatedly.

Apparently, Dick had wanted to release both shows from the two night stand in Tampa, but management insisted on only two disks for the first edition of this series, so we got only the timeless masterpeice from the second night.

The preceeding performance from 12/18 has garnered some well deserved attention here recently, due to two great upgrades, from Greg Hamilton and Charlie Miller, one of which was briefly downloadable, with both likely sourced from Rob Eaton. The sound quality and mix on both of these files is extraordinary and they are among some of the finest audio files archived here from any year! While I still enjoy Dick's Picks #1 immensely, I feel that based on the tremendous second set, the performance on 12/18/73 is superior.

The first set, somewhat unspectacular, concludes with an incredible China/Rider segue featuring some dynamite lead guitar from Weir.

I'm not a huge fan of Weir's guitar skills, however this is one of those shows where Bob is prominent in the mix and coming clearly through the left channel. His playing throughout this show is excellent, spectacular at times with his trademark slashing leads.

The second set, however, is magical, ultra jazzy and in my opinion, among the very best of 1973. The Weather Report Suite, although not quite as breathtaking as that of the following night, is still a jazz fusion masterpiece, reminiscent of work by Becker and Fagen.

The following Dark Star is exraordinarily well jammed as well, at least up untill the verse. Multiple jazzy themes are bandied about, before this version ventures into what has to be one of the scariest space segments ever, puntuated by some terrifying sounds from Phil.

The 14 minute Eyes of then World, another jazzy gem, is one of my favorite versions. There is a facinating passage that starts at about the six minute mark where Jerry stops playing completely and we hear an amazing duet by Bob and Phil.

This show is a favorite of mine, and although I love DP #1, I cant help feeling that Dick might have picked the wrong show from this stand for the first release of this series. Anyone agree or dissagree?

12/18/73 - Tampa, FL

Tennessee Jed
Me And My Uncle
Don't Ease Me In
Looks Like Rain
Dead Air
They Love Each Other
Me And Bobby McGee
Brown Eyed Women
Beat It On Down The Line
Peggy-O
El Paso
Deal
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower ->
Jam ->
I Know You Rider

The Promised Land ->
Bertha
Greatest Story Ever Told
Row Jimmy
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow ->
Dark Star ->
Drums ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Wharf Rat ->
Sugar Magnolia

Uncle John's Band

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-12-18.sbd.miller.97511.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 19, 2009 9:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1973) - Did Dick pick the wrong Curtis Hixon show?

I might give the edge to 12/19......true, no Dark Star, but that Other One is pretty hair-raising, and it has a Playing in the Band in set 1! That's not even mentioning Here Comes Sunshine. So 12/19 is something I put on more often.

I might agree with fireeagle though, that 12/6/73 trumps them both.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Dec 20, 2009 3:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1973) - Did Dick pick the wrong Curtis Hixon show?

I agree that Other One from 12/19 is pretty hair-raising, all seven minutes of it...

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Poster: pHurthur Date: Dec 18, 2009 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1973) - Did Dick pick the wrong Curtis Hixon show?

I noticed Dick picked quite a few shows from the first night of a 2 or 3 day run. Maybe he ended up all coked or slammed out in the motel room for the next few nights.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Dec 19, 2009 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1973) - Did Dick pick the wrong Curtis Hixon show?

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=163253
will cliff ever know???

is it really impossible 2 answer?

we r dealing here w/ 2 A+ shows of unquestionable excellence, both performance and sound quality wise, so everything comes down 2 set lists, basically

12-19

Set 1
The Promised Land
Sugaree
Mexicali Blues
Dire Wolf
Black Throated Wind
Candyman
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues
Big River
Here Comes Sunshine
El Paso
Ramble On Rose
Playing In The Band
Set 2
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
Me And Bobby McGee
Row Jimmy
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow
He's Gone ->
Truckin' ->
Nobody's Fault But Mine ->
Jam ->
Phil And Billy -> Bass Solo -> Phil And Billy
-> Jam -> The Other One -> Jam ->
Stella Blue -> Around & Around,
Casey Jones

A+ w/ dark star vs A+ w/o dark star

listened 2 both dp1 and 12-18 sbd today. dark star gets my vote like dark starz always do, but both complete shows would make a real cool 6 cd package

my no.1 pick would have been 12-06

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 18, 2009 9:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1973) - Did Dick pick the wrong Curtis Hixon show?

Damn, Cliff- this is a top notch analysis on par with some of LiA's thought provoking posts (thanks to his post from earlier today, he's already got me going back to give another listen to December '72)

Not that I'm particularly qualified to issue opinions on '73 (which I love but don't know nearly as well as, say, 1970), but yes- I agree. The "Here Come Sunshine" from DP 1 is spectacular, but to a large extent it props up the rest of the release, although there are certainly some other great moments to be had. Taken on the whole, I would have to agree that 12/18 holds a clear edge, thanks in no small part to the Dark Star. My 2 cents.

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Dec 19, 2009 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1973) - Did Dick pick the wrong Curtis Hixon show?

I've recently turned a bit negative on DP1, although the HCS is among my favorite Dead performances, ever. Don't necessarily love the Dark Star from the 18th, but the show is strong from start to finish. Little tunes like PeggyO, Jack Straw, Bertha, GSET, and RJ are all well played, and the Weather Rep and Eyes are solid 73 versions.

My copy has a bad cut in Rider, and a few glitches in Wharf Rat. Maybe the reason this one has not been released?

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 18, 2009 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1973) - Did Dick pick the wrong Curtis Hixon show?

I don't have a strong opinion on which night is better but it is hard to blame him for looking at this run for debuting the series.

One comment about the WRS from this night. Phil makes the comment about this being the quiet part in during the opening notes and then during the quiet part, drops a monster Phil Bomb. Pretty funny.